Before the session
- Shave 24 to 48 hours before the session (1mm maximum)
- DO NOT REMOVE HAIR OR COLOR the treated area 4 weeks prior to the 1st session and throughout the treatment
- DO NOT EXPOSURE YOURSELF TO THE SUN OR ARTIFICIAL UV 15 days to 1 month before the session (follow the instructions given to you by the center team)
- Stop using self-tanning cream 1 week before the session
- Stop using lightening cream 1 month before the first session and during the entire treatment
- Avoid applying any cosmetic product on the treated area (cream, deodorant, make-up...) before the session
- DO NOT EXPOSURE YOURSELF TO THE SUN OR ARTIFICIAL UV 1 week after the session (follow the instructions given to you by the center's team) and apply a sun cream SPF 30 during the entire treatment
- Avoid applying makeup immediately after the session
- Avoid using deodorant while your skin is irritated
- Avoid rubbing or scratching the treated area
for 24 hours
- Avoid physical activity
for 48 hours
- Avoid going to the pool, steam room or sauna for 48 hours
- You can shave
- You can apply a soothing cream to the treated area after the session if you wish
- You can make a light exfoliation 3 weeks after the session to facilitate the elimination of the treated hairs
Normal and abnormal effects, risks
Efficacy and risks increase with the dose:
Caution! A risk of burning is unavoidable.
The doctor will look for the best risk/benefit ratio, not for the absence of risk. If you want to avoid any risk, you should not undergo laser hair removal.
A more aggressive setting is for example often necessary at the end of the treatment: the risk of burning is then increased.
Normal effects after treatment :
- Appearance around each hair of edemas (swellings) which persist a few hours: it is a proof of effectiveness.
- Redness, discomfort or sensitivity of the skin persisting from one to three days.
Common and transient side effects:
- Intense burning sensation: benign effect if you call the doctor and if you follow his prescription scrupulously to avoid any complication (prohibition of greasy tulle,...).
These common burns (1st and 2nd degree superficial) treated 1 without delay never result in a scar, but they do result in:
- Depigmentation, if you have fair skin: it disappears after a few days of exposure to the sun,
- Hyperpigmentation, if you have dark skin: it disappears in 6 to 18 months, rarely more,
- Itching: an annoying effect that subsides in a few days. Call the doctor to treat them if they bother you,
- Hematomas (bruises): regress spontaneously. May indicate a clotting disorder or aspirin use,
- Veins that become hard, yellowish and painful (paraphlebitis): considered harmless but doses must be reduced to avoid it. Notify the doctor.
Rare and permanent side effects:
- The laser is dangerous for the eyes: never remove your glasses or eye protection without prior authorization.
- Scars: we observe them in 1 to 2 cases out of 10,000. They result either from a deep 2nd degree burn caused by human error, or from the complication of a superficial burn that was poorly treated or treated too late.
- An increase in hair growth is possible on the areas where the laser is passed and 2 millimeters around. This effect is most often observed on certain parts of the body (neck and under the chin, cheekbones, cheeks, neckline, arms, shoulders and back in men), rarely on other areas. By undergoing laser hair removal, you accept this risk.
Medication, other care, or necessary examinations are not included in this estimate.
If the consultation has defined that it was a cosmetic procedure, it is not reimbursed by the health insurance, and the medication or work stoppage related to this procedure are not covered by the Social Security.
Laser hair removal removes 80% to 98% of terminal hair in the treated areas.
- The duration of the treatment is one hair cycle (7 to 18 months).
- The number of sessions decreases with age.
The final result will be seen approximately 12 months after the last session. You can estimate it approximately by doubling the visible pilosity 3 months after a session. This result is definitive, except if there are causes likely to increase the hairiness on your entire body: stopping or taking certain medications, significant weight gain, hormonal change, rare illnesses, pregnancy (stomach and lower face). On the chin and lower face, hair may appear throughout your life: hair removal is not permanent in these areas.
In about 1% of cases, unpredictable, laser hair removal:
- is not definitive, without known explanation,
- is not effective, without known explanation.
The exact number of sessions cannot be known because responses vary according to the individual. The evaluation is an average for a non-tanned skin, respecting the maximum time between sessions and for a treatment with an effective dose, therefore presenting risks. The factors that influence the number of sessions are :
- Especially your age at the beginning of the treatment (§5).
- The dose and the thoroughness of the laser scanning, the pigmentation of your hair and skin,
- The area of the body and the cases listed in §6,
- The respect of the maximum time between two sessions
Limits of laser hair removal
The results of treatment of blond hair and downy hair are unpredictable. Laser hair removal is ineffective on white hair and "true" red hair.
The time between two sessions must be respected: at least 4 weeks and not more than 12 weeks ** (** proposed in the state of science (J.R. Lloyd 2000 and 2002).
The results can be bad or very bad:
-In case of pain and/or excessive movements during the session, exceeding the time between sessions, or tanning during the treatment,
- In case of late acne (after 20 years) and/or rebellious,
- In case of obesity, or important weight gain,
- In case of immaturity of the pilar system (less than 18 years old in women, under 45 years of age for men),
- on facial hair,
- on areas at risk of paradoxical stimulation,
- on deep hair (knees, elbows),
- on fertility problems, hormonal problems,
- long-term use of corticoids or anabolic agents,
- congenital or ethnic hyperpilosity.
Visible progress must be observed from the 4th session! If this is not the case, stop your treatment, even if you feel that it is not finished. You can resume the treatment when your hormonal status has become more favorable.
If you continue the treatment without visible progress between sessions the results will not be significantly improved.
Contraindications of laser hair removal
- Pregnancy (relative contraindication, to be discussed).
- Recent exposure to the sun or to ultraviolet light.
- The use of photosensitizing drugs or drugs likely to increase hair growth should be discussed with the doctor: Androgens, Aspirin, Corticoids, Dilantin, Ciclosporin, Minoxidil, Psoralen, Isotretinoin...
- The use of self-tanning lotions or tanning activators (such as Oenobiol) should be discussed.
- If you have diseases, moles, poor blood circulation, precautions may be necessary. The same applies in case of diabetes, epilepsy, coagulation disorders, scarring disorders (keloids), unbalanced cutaneous porphyria, immunosuppression, active general infection, herpes, hormonal disorders not controlled by an endocrinologist.
- If you have a "hair phobia", it must be treated before laser hair removal.
- If you are under 18 years of age, laser hair removal is possible, with your parents' authorization.
Before and after the sessions
If the sun makes you tan, do not expose the treated areas to the sun or to UV rays during the entire treatment.
Before: cut the hair in the treated area short (depilatory cream, razor). Do not wax or tweeze 3 weeks before each session. Remove all traces of make-up from the skin,
After: apply Biafine-type cream to the
waxed areas, twice a day until the
Do not exceed 3 months between sessions (except for the face).
Validity of the estimate - no appointment
The prices of this operator estimate (scanning delegated to a laser operator) are firm for 3 months: beyond that, they may vary. As an exception, in the event of a change in the legal conditions for delegating laser hair removal procedures, the prices may be adjusted without prior notice.
Respect, trust, citizenship
The medical act results from a contract of care between a patient and the physician. This contract is based on mutual trust.
In accordance with the code of medical ethics, the doctor may refuse to perform a treatment without having to justify himself.
Respect for the staff and other patients, as well as good citizenship, are obligations: by signing this estimate, you unreservedly adhere to these obligations.
Any uncivil behavior or behavior likely to harm the health of employees or the serenity of other patients will result in temporary or permanent exclusion from the premises and cancellation of the estimate.
Duration of your commitment
In accordance with the medical code of ethics, you remain free to decide at any time whether or not to continue your treatment, and to choose your caregiver and physician.
Your validation of the form and signature does not constitute acceptance of this quote.
I certify that the practitioner has informed me of all known risks inherent to this procedure.
I acknowledge that I was able to ask him all the questions concerning this operation and that the explanations were clear and understanding, and that I informed the practitioner of my medical history, the operations, care and treatments I have received and have undergone to date,
I give my free and informed consent to the above mentioned act.